Fire safety is one of the most important aspects of owning any kind of building. Every reasonable step should be taken to prevent fires and notify individuals of where to exit in the event that one does break out. Loss of life and premises can be significantly reduced by practical fire safety signs and equipment.
Fire safety and prevention should be paramount in the minds of any business owners. Fortunately, our experienced team at Ignis Fire Protection Services Ltd provide everything anyone could need to help prevent the loss of life due to fires. We have five main services that can make any structures safer to inhabit and fire safety signage is one of them.
We supply and install safety signs covering emergency escape routes, location and identification of fire fighting equipment, fire action instructions and other important signs expressing prohibition, warnings and mandatory information.
Many people don’t pay fire safety signs any attention until there is an emergency but when a fire does break out, the signs can play a vital role in saving people’s lives.
The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 specifies the present law regarding fire safety sign installation.
This all abides by the British Standard BS 5499 to which all Ignis engineers are trained. All buildings are different too, and their signage will be clearly specified in the Fire Risk Assessment for that building.
Ignis will also complete this assessment, though if another firm have completed this task, our engineers will follow the guidelines they have laid out in the assessment unless they feel reason to make amendments in regards to correct procedure.
In terms of Escape Route Signage, the escape route must be obvious. This means at any area of the building the route to the escape should be clear.
Whenever a choice of door or change in direction is required during the escape procedure, a sign should clearly state where to go. Signs must not be obscured.
Often, it is appropriate to use a suspended sign. Once the final exit sign is reached, there should be no arrow. It should be clear that this is the way out.
In a panic, some people may misinterpret an arrow and continue moving, potentially putting themselves in danger.
There should also be consistency in signage, in regard to height level of each sign along a route and no mixture of British and European style signage.
Supplementary text on signs is also very important. For example, ‘Fire exit’ should be written next to the running man symbol and direction arrow.
There should also be escape routes for disabled persons too, identified with the correct signage and either ‘Fire exit’ or ‘Refuge point’ printed alongside.
Red fire equipment location signs, such as fire alarms, fire points and fire extinguishers should also be easily noticeable. Extinguishers, for example, will also carry supplementary text to specify what type of fire they can be used on.